The 2013 season started early, with Matt Tibbutt racing in and around London. This was to great success, as he rapidly racked up the points to retain his second category licence for another year, and even took a brilliant victory from a race-long breakaway. Tibbutt got the team name out there yet further when he travelled to Belgium for a weekend of springtime racing. The strong field boasted the Belgian amateur national champion, but the Wightlink-LCM Systems’ rider’s experience showed and he was able to finish well up in the bunch.
Away from road racing, the team fielded a strong line-up for the Vectis Three Day Time Trial Festival in May. Simon Ambrosini and Jimmer Brett both posted top-three times in all three events, which gained the team a very deserved second place overall for the weekend. Further to this, Brett, James Ebdon and Sam Baker all smashed their previous 10 mile and 25 mile TT times: just part of the team’s season-long domination of the Isle of Wight Time Trial calendar.
Back on the circuit racing scene, both Kev Foster and Jack Elton-Walters put in the races and the efforts to gain enough results to move up from fourth to third category. The gaining of a third category licence is for life, so both riders can now progress from here into 2014 and beyond.
Veteran team member Pete Moore made his welcome return to racing for the first time in three years, and it was like he’d never been away.
Towards the end of the 2013 season, the team welcomed a raft of new riders across a range of ages, and their names will soon become familiar as they race and gain results with the 2014 season to kick off soon, with races coming up at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth, Castle Combe, Kent and West London.
Following a successful season with the Wightlink-sponsored team, Wiggins will be leaving for a place with the Wiggle Staff Riders, to tie-in with his new job.
Pictured: The team back at the start of 2013
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